Quiet, fast DVD-ROM reading optical drives? Sony, NEC, etc?

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yacoub
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Quiet, fast DVD-ROM reading optical drives? Sony, NEC, etc?

Post by yacoub » Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:53 am

I need a DVD-ROM drive for my next PC. They're all around $30-40, whether Sony, NEC, Pioneer, etc. I just want one that's quiet unlike my current Lite-On piece of junk that's noisy as heck. What do you recommend?

edit: I think I'll just get one of these:

NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM

Reviews at NewEgg look good.

Magic
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Re: Quiet, fast DVD-ROM reading optical drives? Sony, NEC, e

Post by Magic » Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:39 am

yacoub wrote:I need a DVD-ROM drive for my next PC. They're all around $30-40, whether Sony, NEC, Pioneer, etc. I just want one that's quiet unlike my current Lite-On piece of junk that's noisy as heck. What do you recommend?

edit: I think I'll just get one of these:

NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM

Reviews at NewEgg look good.
Check out Asus.

roo
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Post by roo » Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:28 pm

i have a nec 3500, it's very quiet.
anyhow have a look here, you'll find a lot of info on optical drives:
http://club.cdfreaks.com
enjoy!

BenW
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Post by BenW » Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:34 pm

The case actually makes an enourmous difference to CD Drive noise. I used to have a dell case and now i've gone to a solid metal silverstone. CD drive noise is probably about 25% of what it used to be, really amazing

technarch
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Post by technarch » Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:27 pm

Pioneer drives are usually the quietest but I don't like their firmwares at this present point in time.

I have a NEC 3520 burner, and it is louder at reading than the Pioneer 120 dvdrom I have, etc.

But yes, the case does make a difference.

RV8C
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Asus QuieTrack

Post by RV8C » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:50 am

I bought an Asus E616-P3 recently and I can barely hear anything from this drive. My old Pioneer DVD drive used to spin up like a jet engine and now there's nothing - only the flashing LED tells me that there's a DVD spinning inside.

Cheers

Steve_Y
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Post by Steve_Y » Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:47 pm

I'm very happy with the noise level of my LG DVD-RW running in an external USB enclosure. It's not silent when writing a CD but I can barely hear it when playing a DVD movie.

Mar.
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Post by Mar. » Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:23 pm

I have never bothered with optical drive silencing. I actually use CD's maybe once a week on average.... Never saw a point really.

hyperq
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Post by hyperq » Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:37 pm

A quiet DVD drive comes handy if you want to watch a DVD movie on your PC.

I have a Samsung TS-H552B DVD burner. It is quiet whether reading or writing. With the lastest firmware version TS10, it can burn DVD+R and DVD+RW discs with DVD-ROM booktype, which can be read by almost all DVD drives, old and new. I recommend it.

I heard NEC drives are good and supports bitsetting too.

Here is a brief review of this drive:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1 ... 092,00.asp

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